Monmouth Poll: Biden Gets Little Economic Credit

President Joe Biden gets mediocre to poor marks on key aspects of the economy despite him recently touting what he calls “Bidenomics.” Only three in 10 Americans feel the country is doing a better job recovering economically than the rest of the world since the pandemic. The latest Monmouth University Poll also finds Congress and nearly all of its leadership continue to earn negative ratings.

Biden earns a split decision on his handling of jobs and unemployment (47% approve and 48% disapprove). He gets a net negative rating for his handling of transportation and energy infrastructure (43% approve and 51% disapprove) and an even worse rating for his handling of inflation (34% approve and 62% disapprove). More than 7 in 10 Democrats give the president positive marks on these policy areas and more than 8 in 10 Republicans rate him negatively. Approval among independents stands at 41% for jobs and unemployment, 37% for transportation and energy infrastructure, and just 26% for inflation. These results are similar to Biden’s ratings for these three policy areas in a Monmouth poll taken last September.

“The president has been touting ‘Bidenomics,’ but the needle of public opinion has not really moved. Americans are just not giving him a lot of credit when it comes to the economy,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Some indicators suggest the U.S. economy has been recovering better than other countries from the worldwide instability and rising prices brought on by the Covid pandemic. However, just 30% of the American public believes that. In fact, 32% say the U.S. economy’s recovery from this situation is worse than other countries and another 33% say the U.S. recovery is about the same as the rest of the world.

The Monmouth University Poll finds Biden’s overall job performance rating currently stands at 44% approve and 52% disapprove. His approval number is three points higher than it has been over the past few months, but his overall rating is statistically in line with where it has been since last autumn. Just 25% of the public says the country is going in the right direction, while 68% say it is on the wrong track.

In other poll findings, Vice President Kamala Harris receives a job rating of 40% approve and 52% disapprove. These numbers have not moved much since Monmouth started polling the vice president’s job performance earlier this year. Opinion of the job the U.S. Congress is doing stands at 22% approve and 68% disapprove, which is basically in line with poll findings since last autumn.

The poll also asked about the performance of congressional leadership. Only House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries receives a net positive score from the American public (24% approve and 18% disapprove), but only 4 in 10 know enough about him to register an opinion. The other three top leaders are rated by 6 in 10 Americans, with Jeffries’ fellow Democrat in the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (25% approve and 37% disapprove), and his Republican counterpart in the House, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (23% approve and 39% disapprove), earning similar, albeit negative, ratings. McCarthy has become better known since taking the Speaker’s gavel in January, but his net rating is basically unchanged because both his approve and disapprove numbers have increased. The public’s lowest leader ratings are reserved for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (12% approve and 50% disapprove). As a whole, Democrats tend to be more positive about their party’s leadership than Republicans are about their own congressional leaders.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from July 12 to 17, 2023 with 910 adults in the United States.  The question results in this release have a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points for the full sample. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.

QUESTIONS AND RESULTS     

(* Some columns may not add to 100% due to rounding.)

1.      Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing as president?

  TREND:

July2023

May2023

March2023

Jan.2023

Dec.2022

Oct.2022

Sept.2022

Aug.2022

June2022

May2022

March2022

Jan.2022

Approve

44%

41%

41%

43%

42%

40%

38%

38%

36%

38%

39%

39%

Disapprove

52%

53%

51%

48%

50%

53%

54%

56%

58%

57%

54%

54%

(VOL) No opinion

4%

6%

8%

9%

8%

7%

8%

7%

6%

5%

7%

7%

(n)

(910)

(981)

(805)

(805)

(805)

(808)

(806)

(808)

(978)

(807)

(809)

(794)

  TREND:Continued

Dec.2021

Nov.2021

Sept.2021

July2021

June2021

April2021

March2021

Jan.2021

Approve

40%

42%

46%

48%

48%

54%

51%

54%

Disapprove

50%

50%

46%

44%

43%

41%

42%

30%

(VOL) No opinion

11%

9%

8%

8%

9%

5%

8%

16%

(n)

(808)

(811)

(802)

(804)

(810)

(800)

(802)

(809)

2.      Do you approve or disapprove of the job Kamala Harris is doing as vice president?

TREND:

July2023

May2023

March2023

Approve

40%

37%

36%

Disapprove

52%

52%

53%

(VOL) No opinion

7%

11%

12%

(n)

(910)

(981)

(805)

3.      Do you approve or disapprove of the job the U.S. Congress is doing?

  TREND:

July2023

May2023

March2023

Jan.2023

Approve

22%

18%

23%

19%

Disapprove

68%

72%

68%

67%

(VOL) No opinion

10%

9%

10%

14%

(n)

(910)

(981)

(805)

(805)

  TREND:    Continued

Dec.2022

Oct.2022

Sept.2022

Aug.2022

June2022

May2022

March2022

Jan.2022

Dec.2021

Nov.2021

Sept.2021

July2021

June2021

April2021

March2021

Jan.2021

Approve

26%

23%

23%

17%

15%

15%

21%

19%

23%

18%

22%

23%

21%

35%

30%

35%

Disapprove

62%

69%

66%

74%

78%

77%

71%

74%

66%

70%

65%

62%

65%

56%

59%

51%

(VOL) No opinion

12%

8%

11%

9%

7%

8%

8%

6%

11%

12%

13%

15%

15%

9%

11%

14%

(n)

(805)

(808)

(806)

(808)

(978)

(807)

(809)

(794)

(808)

(811)

(802)

(804)

(810)

(800)

(802)

(809)

  TREND:

Continued

Nov.2020

Early June2020

May2020

April2020

Feb.2020

Jan.2020

Dec.2019

Nov.2019

Sept.2019

Aug.2019

June2019

May2019

April2019

March2019

Jan.2019

Approve

23%

22%

32%

32%

20%

24%

22%

23%

21%

17%

19%

20%

24%

23%

18%

Disapprove

64%

69%

55%

55%

69%

62%

65%

64%

68%

71%

69%

71%

62%

68%

72%

(VOL) No opinion

13%

9%

13%

13%

11%

14%

13%

13%

11%

13%

12%

9%

14%

9%

10%

(n)

(810)

(807)

(808)

(857)

(902)

(903)

(903)

(908)

(1,161)

(800)

(751)

(802)

(801)

(802)

(805)

  TREND: Continued

Nov.2018

Aug.2018

June2018

April2018

March2018

Jan.2018

Dec.2017

Sept.2017

Aug.2017

July2017

May2017

March2017

Jan.2017

Approve

23%

17%

19%

17%

18%

21%

16%

17%

18%

19%

19%

25%

23%

Disapprove

63%

69%

67%

71%

72%

68%

65%

69%

69%

70%

68%

59%

66%

(VOL) No opinion

14%

14%

14%

12%

11%

11%

19%

15%

13%

11%

13%

16%

11%

(n)

(802)

(805)

(806)

(803)

(803)

(806)

(806)

(1,009)

(805)

(800)

(1,002)

(801)

(801)

  TREND: Continued

Sept.2016*

Aug.2016*

June2016*

March2016

Jan.2016

Dec.2015

Oct.2015

Sept.2015

Aug.2015

July2015

June2015

April2015

Jan.2015

Dec.2014

July2013

Approve

15%

14%

17%

22%

17%

16%

17%

19%

18%

18%

19%

21%

18%

17%

14%

Disapprove

77%

78%

76%

68%

73%

73%

71%

71%

72%

69%

71%

67%

70%

73%

76%

(VOL) No opinion

8%

9%

7%

10%

10%

10%

12%

11%

11%

12%

10%

12%

11%

11%

10%

(n)

(802)

(803)

(803)

(1,008)

(1,003)

(1,006)

(1,012)

(1,009)

(1,203)

(1,001)

(1,002)

(1,005)

(1,003)

(1,008)

(1,012)

        * Registered voters

[QUESTIONS 4 – 7 WERE ROTATED]

4.      Do you approve or disapprove of the job Chuck Schumer is doing as Senate Majority Leader, or do you have no opinion of him?

TREND:

July2023

Jan.2023

Dec.2022

Nov.2021

April2018*

July2017*

Approve

25%

24%

19%

21%

16%

17%

Disapprove

37%

37%

37%

37%

29%

28%

No opinion

38%

39%

44%

43%

55%

55%

(n)

(910)

(805)

(805)

(811)

(803)

(800)

*Question wording was: “as Senate Minority Leader?”

5.      Do you approve or disapprove of the job Hakeem Jeffries is doing as House Minority Leader, or do you have no opinion of him?

TREND:

July2023

Jan.2023

Approve

24%

18%

Disapprove

18%

16%

No opinion

59%

66%

(n)

(910)

(805)

6.      Do you approve or disapprove of the job Mitch McConnell is doing as Senate Minority Leader, or do you have no opinion of him?

TREND:

July2023

Jan.2023

Dec.2022

Jan.2020*

Nov.2019*

Jan.2019*

Nov.2018*

April2018*

July2017*

Approve

12%

12%

12%

21%

15%

15%

15%

10%

12%

Disapprove

50%

52%

56%

39%

39%

40%

28%

38%

38%

No opinion

37%

36%

32%

40%

46%

45%

57%

52%

49%

(n)

(910)

(805)

(805)

(903)

(908)

(805)

(802)

(803)

(800)

*Question wording was: “as Senate Majority Leader?”

7.      Do you approve or disapprove of the job Kevin McCarthy is doing as Speaker of the House, or do you have no opinion of him?

TREND:

July2023

Jan.2023

Dec.2022*

Approve

23%

19%

12%

Disapprove

39%

35%

34%

No opinion

37%

46%

54%

(n)

(910)

(805)

(805)

*Question wording was: “as House Minority Leader?”

8.      Would you say things in the country are going in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?

  TREND:

July2023

May2023

March2023

Jan.2023

Right direction

25%

16%

22%

24%

Wrong track

68%

74%

72%

73%

(VOL) Depends

5%

6%

3%

1%

(VOL) Don’t know

3%

4%

3%

2%

(n)

(910)

(981)

(805)

(805)

  TREND: Continued

Dec.2022

Sept.2022

Aug.2022

June2022

May2022

March2022

Jan.2022

Dec.2021

Nov.2021

Sept.2021

July2021

June2021

April2021

March2021

Jan.2021

Right direction

28%

23%

15%

10%

18%

24%

24%

30%

31%

29%

38%

37%

46%

34%

42%

Wrong track

68%

74%

82%

88%

79%

73%

71%

66%

64%

65%

56%

57%

50%

61%

51%

(VOL) Depends

2%

2%

1%

1%

2%

1%

3%

1%

2%

4%

3%

3%

2%

4%

3%

(VOL) Don’t know

3%

2%

2%

1%

2%

2%

2%

3%

3%

2%

4%

3%

2%

2%

4%

(n)

(805)

(806)

(808)

(978)

(807)

(809)

(794)

(808)

(811)

(802)

(804)

(810)

(800)

(802)

(809)

  TREND:Continued

Nov.2020

Early Sept.2020

Aug.2020

Late June2020

Early June2020

May2020

April2020

March2020

Feb.2020

Jan.2020

Right direction

26%

27%

22%

18%

21%

33%

30%

39%

37%

37%

Wrong track

68%

66%

72%

74%

74%

60%

61%

54%

57%

56%

(VOL) Depends

4%

4%

4%

5%

4%

4%

5%

4%

6%

6%

(VOL) Don’t know

2%

3%

2%

3%

1%

3%

5%

3%

1%

1%

(n)

(810)

(867)

(868)

(867)

(807)

(808)

(857)

(851)

(902)

(903)

  TREND:Continued

Dec.2019

Nov.2019

Sept.2019

Aug.2019

June2019

May2019

April2019

March2019

Nov.2018

Aug.2018

June2018

April2018

March2018

Jan.2018

Right direction

32%

30%

30%

28%

31%

29%

28%

29%

35%

35%

40%

33%

31%

37%

Wrong track

56%

61%

61%

62%

62%

63%

62%

63%

55%

57%

53%

58%

61%

57%

(VOL) Depends

8%

7%

6%

8%

6%

4%

7%

6%

7%

6%

3%

5%

6%

3%

(VOL) Don’t know

4%

2%

2%

2%

2%

3%

3%

2%

3%

3%

3%

4%

1%

3%

(n)

(903)

(908)

(1,161)

(800)

(751)

(802)

(801)

(802)

(802)

(805)

(806)

(803)

(803)

(806)

  TREND:Continued

Dec.2017

Aug.2017

May2017

March2017

Jan.2017

Aug.2016*

Oct.2015

July2015

June2015

April2015

Dec.2014

July2013

Right direction

24%

32%

31%

35%

29%

30%

24%

28%

23%

27%

23%

28%

Wrong track

66%

58%

61%

56%

65%

65%

66%

63%

68%

66%

69%

63%

(VOL) Depends

7%

4%

5%

4%

4%

2%

6%

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

(VOL) Don’t know

3%

5%

3%

5%

2%

3%

4%

3%

3%

2%

3%

4%

(n)

(806)

(805)

(1,002)

(801)

(801)

(803)

(1,012)

(1,001)

(1,002)

(1,005)

(1,008)

(1,012)

        * Registered voters

9.      Do you approve or disapprove of how Joe Biden has handled the following policy areas?

 [ITEMS WERE ROTATED]

    TREND:

Approve

Disapprove

(VOL) Don’t know

(n)

Jobs and unemployment

47%

48%

5%

(910)

   — Sept. 2022

43%

52%

5%

(806)

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation and energy infrastructure

43%

51%

5%

(910)

   — Sept. 2022

43%

49%

8%

(806)

 

 

 

 

 

Inflation

34%

62%

4%

(910)

   — Sept. 2022

30%

66%

4%

(806)

 

 

 

 

 

10.    The Covid pandemic led to economic instability and rising prices around the world. Do you think the United States economy is recovering better, worse, or about the same as other countries from this situation?

July2023

Better

30%

Worse

32%

About the same

33%

(VOL) Don’t know

5%

(n)

(910)

[Q11-34 held for future release.]

METHODOLOGY

The Monmouth University Poll was sponsored and conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute from July 12 to 17, 2023 with a probability-based national random sample of 910 adults age 18 and older. Interviews were conducted in English, and included 319 live landline telephone interviews, 480 live cell phone interviews, and 111 online surveys via a cell phone text invitation. Telephone numbers were selected through a mix of random digit dialing and list-based sampling. Landline respondents were selected with a modified Troldahl-Carter youngest adult household screen. Interviewing services were provided by Braun Research, with sample obtained from Dynata (RDD, n= 569), Aristotle (list, n= 136) and a panel of prior Monmouth poll participants (n= 205). Monmouth is responsible for all aspects of the survey design, data weighting and analysis. The full sample is weighted for region, age, education, gender and race based on US Census information (ACS 2021 one-year survey). For results based on this sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling has a maximum margin of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points adjusted for sample design effects (1.52). Sampling error can be larger for sub-groups (see table below). In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.

DEMOGRAPHICS (weighted)

Self-Reported

26% Republican

44% Independent

30% Democrat

 

49% Male

51% Female

 

29% 18-34

33% 35-54

38% 55+

 

62% White

12% Black

17% Hispanic

  9% Asian/Other

 

67% No degree

33% 4 year degree

MARGIN OF ERROR

unweighted  sample

moe(+/-)

TOTAL

 

910

4.9%

REGISTERED VOTER

Yes

840

5.2%

No

70

17.8%

SELF-REPORTED PARTY ID

Republican

233

9.8%

Independent

404

7.4%

Democrat

270

9.1%

IDEOLOGY

Liberal

220

10.1%

Moderate

350

8.0%

Conservative

321

8.3%

GENDER

Male

452

7.0%

Female

458

7.0%

AGE

18-34

151

12.1%

35-54

298

8.6%

55+

459

7.0%

CHILDREN IN HOME

Yes

198

10.6%

No

709

5.6%

RACE

White, non-Hispanic

667

5.8%

Other

214

10.2%

COLLEGE GRADUATE

No degree

439

7.1%

4 year degree

465

6.9%

WHITE COLLEGE

White, no degree

306

8.5%

White, 4 year degree

358

7.9%

INCOME

<$50K

260

9.2%

$50 to <$100K

242

9.6%

$100K+

352

8.0%

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One response to “Monmouth Poll: Biden Gets Little Economic Credit”

  1. When the cost of food and groceries exceeds 70% increase, Americans notice. It’s not like the price of gasoline, which goes up and down. Foodstuffs and groceries only go one way: Up! Americans have lost $7500 in buying power this year alone–under “Bidenomics”.

    The article states the approval and disapproval ratings of Biden. “The Monmouth University Poll finds Biden’s overall job performance rating currently stands at 44% approve and 52% disapprove. His approval number is three points higher than it has been over the past few months, but his overall rating is statistically in line with where it has been since last autumn. Just 25% of the public says the country is going in the right direction, while 68% say it is on the wrong track.”

    According to the Monmouth Poll, Biden’s overall job approval rating is 44% and disapproval is 52%. Who belives these figures? The numbers are far worse. Biden’s approval ratings are, in reality, in the 30s. He is the worst president in history on the economy, national security, foreign policy and every other metric you can name.

    The Monmouth Poll is a heavy left-leaning poll operation, so you know that their polls are significantly skewed left.

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